Monitoring Working Group

Knowledge of the status and distribution of the Carpathian lynx is crucial for management implications and decision making. This group aims to develop the foundation for monitoring the Carpathian lynx in its natural realm.

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The participants of this group work in lynx research and/or management and conservation all over Europe.

The main aim which the Monitoring Working Group follows is improving the understanding of the status of Carpathian lynx in its realm and to standardise monitoring standards.

The experts involved in lynx monitoring from the countries within the Carpathian lynx distribution set up the following goals:

  • Create monitoring standards with clear terminology and vocabulary
  • Produce a Carpathian lynx distribution map, including information about hard fact data and reproduction, using the SCALP methodology; involve countries which have available data but have not yet shared them to the SCALP network
  • Identify the areas with no or little data about Carpathian lynx
  • Capacity building: share the best practice and know-how to obtain information about Carpathian lynx from areas where it is missing
  • Discuss the possibilities of harmonizing deterministic monitoring methods in order to increase the robusticity of the data about the Carpathian lynx (minimal count, trap effort etc.)
  • Discuss the possibilities of harmonizing the estimation of lynx abundance and density by means of spatially explicit photographic capture-recapture models to achieve comparable results across study areas


Kirsten Weingarth-Dachs, Habitat-Wildlife-Services, Austria:

Urša Fležar, Department of Forestry and Renewable Forest Resource, University of Ljubjana, Slovenia:

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